16.08.2013 - 26.08.2013
Two posts ago, I wrote that Carys was nearing the end of her ISR swimming lessons. This week she finished and although she doesn't like floating (she is scared of sinking), in her final test she was supposed to swim, float, swim to the edge of the pool and get out. Instead of doing this, she swam and then floated around the whole pool, got to the edge several times, pushed herself away and kept floating! This went on for several minutes and after some prompting, she finally got out and ran straight to a water table to play. She was very proud of her first trophy and certificate (as were we), and when we got home, she had another surprise waiting for her.
The next milestone we completed was potty training so another few days were spent at home. Sorry, no photos from that fun time!
As a treat for completing potty training, we all visited an indoor circus. This one was run by the Morocco Shriners, who I guess you could say are a spin off group of the Freemasons. All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners and you can read more about the differences here: http://www.shrinersinternational.org/en/Shriners/MasonShriners/Masons
Yes, that's a real bear! I don't recall her name but she was a European Brown bear, trained by the Rosaire Brothers. Whilst Googling the Rosaire Brothers to find out the name of the bear, I actually found some really interesting history about them and about the history of circus' in America. You can find that info through this article http://www.vice.com/en_ca/Fringes/the-rosaire-family-circus. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is owned and run by the Rosaire Family and seems similar to the Catty Shack Ranch which we recently visited. If we get down that way, I'm sure we'll pay them a visit!
We also went to a birthday party at an indoor bounce house where there were a ton of inflatable castles to bounce around on. I think the only time Carys stopped was to stuff birthday cake in her face before running back out to the castles. She loved it but I was not a fan of some of the items available to eat. Eeew!
Before I start the next blog post, which will be MASSIVE by the way, I'll finish with some photos of Carys and Daddy experimenting with corn flour paint balloons on the driveway. It was raining and Carys really wanted to paint the driveway so we tried filling water balloons with the paint to see what would happen. Some of the balloons popped in Carys' hands, some on the driveway, some bounced and some were stomped on but she had a fantastic time. Her rain gear doesn't fit anymore so we need to buy some more for our next rainy play day!